By Bruno Jasienski
Translated via Soren A. Gauger and Marcin Piekoszewski
"This is a wonderful textual content of striking modernity, a veritable manifesto of the wretched of the earth ..."
Bruno Jasienski’s I Burn Paris has remained one in every of Poland’s so much uncomfortable masterstrokes of literature for the reason that its preliminary and debatable serialization in 1928 within the French journal L’Humanité (for which Jasienski used to be deported). It tells the tale of a disgruntled manufacturing unit employee who, discovering himself at the streets, takes the chance to poison Paris's water provide with a dangerous virus. With the deaths piling up, we come upon chinese language communists, rabbis, disappointed scientists, American millionaires and a number of others because the urban sections off into ethnic enclaves and everybody plots their path of break out. on the center of the cosmopolitan urban is a deep-rooted xenophobia and hatred — the only thread that binds a lot of these teams jointly. As Paris lies in break, Jasienski concerns a rallying cry to the downtrodden of the area whereas blending "The Internationale" with a printed of renowned music.
With its montage concepts akin to early avant-garde cinema and fist-to-the-gut metaphors, I Burn Paris has misplaced none of its energy and vigour. Ruthlessly dissecting numerous utopian fantasies, Jasienski is out to disorient, and he has a doubtless unlimited skill to rework the Parisian panorama into the manufactured from disease-addled minds. a beautiful instance of literary Futurism and Catastrophism, the unconventional offers a dirty, degenerated global the place factories and machines have changed the human, yet instead of cliché and simplistic propaganda, those positive aspects are given an immediacy that depicts the trendy city as simply superficially cosmopolitan, as antagonistic and animalistic to its middle.
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